Whattcha Reading?

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Whattcha Reading?
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Wed, 07-13-2011 - 8:40am

Ahh the lazy hazy days of summer.

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Wed, 07-13-2011 - 2:01pm

I have this thing with books: I tend to read several at a time. Always have. I'm usually reading one non-fiction book and a novel or two at the same time. And that didn't change when I got my Nook in February. I just finished "Retail Hell" by Freeman Hall, a memoir by a gay man living in L.A. and his "adventures" selling women's handbags in an upscale department store. He calls himself Queer Eye Handbag Guy. The book was laugh out loud funny. I was a retail slave for many years and I could so relate to what he went through.

I belong a Nook forum (actually, I belong to three) and on one of them I belong to a classic book club and we're reading Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina." Since I finished "Retail Hell" the next non-fiction book that I started is "Dispatches From a Public Librarian" by Scott Douglas. And the other novel that I'm currently reading is "Rosemary's Baby" by Ira Levin.

I tend to go in cycles when it comes to matching up my reading with current events. I'm not into reading many books on politics because we're so innundated with that every day on TV, the newspapers and online. I freely admit to being addicted to the true crime TV channel Investigation Discovery and to the TV show "Criminal Minds," but I don't read many true crime books. What does fascinate me and what I do love reading books about is science/nature/biology, particularly outbreaks and epidemics. So if there are any new books about diseases like Ebola, bubonic plague, the flu, etc., I gravitate toward them. They don't necessarily need to be non-fiction. One of my favorite fiction books is "The Doomsday Book" by Connie Willis. It's a furistic book about time travel, where a historian goes back to the Middle Ages, only something goes wrong and she ends up in the year 1347, which is when the Black Death entered Europe. One of my favorite non-fiction books on the subject of epidemics is "The Hot Zone" by Richard Preston, which is about the first breakouts of Ebola. Yeah, I can be pretty morbid at times!

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Fri, 07-15-2011 - 10:21am

Caly did you like The Help?

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Fri, 07-15-2011 - 1:04pm

Jon Krakauer is a wonderful writer. My favorite book by him is "Into the Wild." I've read it several times.

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Fri, 07-15-2011 - 3:14pm

Into the Wild is a great book ITA, but such a sad story.

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Fri, 07-15-2011 - 4:25pm
sisterhoney61 wrote:

Jon Krakauer is a wonderful writer. My favorite book by him is "Into the Wild." I've read it several times.

Yes! I remember seeing the film and then going to the library to get this book. Very interesting "read." :)


Blessings,

Gypsy

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Fri, 07-15-2011 - 4:35pm

;) I'm working my way through James Patterson's Alex Cross series of books. I recently finished the Robert B. Parker Spenser novel series and just kind of fell into Patterson's series as well. :P There's a non-fiction that intrigues me, The Invisible Gorilla by Christopher Chabris & Daniel Simons. "The Invisible Gorilla reveals the numerous ways that our intuitions can deceive us." http://www.theinvisiblegorilla.com/overview.html My library does not have it, unfortunately, and I have to wait until the budget allows me to buy it...


Blessings,

Gypsy

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Sat, 07-16-2011 - 7:08pm

Well thank you ALL for those great replies. I love books!!

I thought The Help was a great book. It read well, and really made you think about something you might not otherwise have given much thought. At least I never did, certainly not to the point where this book takes you. I knew that African Americans had to over come alot to gain their civil rights, but when you realize how some people felt even as recently as 1969, it floors me. Of course its really no different now for those of us trying to gain equal rights for GLBT, but I know that for the most part I dont have to worry about being beaten to death for saying I love a woman.

Anyway, my Partner read Into Thin Air and loved it so I just told her about In to the Wild. She really likes memoirs. I personally love Historical Fiction and recently read a great one called The Anatomy of Ghosts, about Cambridge University in the 1800s.

Happy Reading Everyone!

Peace,

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Wed, 07-20-2011 - 4:55am

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Fri, 07-22-2011 - 9:32pm

I'm reading Rosemary Altea's Inner Power right now. But I just finished The medium, the mystic and the physicist: toward a general theory of the paranormal from Lawrence LaShan. It wasn't anything "new" but he put it together in a very straightforward and scientific way. I really enjoyed the book.

I'm having trouble getting into non-fiction again. I used to read lots of books but I'm struggling to get through them these days. I think it's because I spend so much time reading blogs and forums. I love geo-political forums and my fave blogger currently is Michael Hudson. But I probably have about 30-40 that I follow quite regularly...

Dee

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Fri, 07-29-2011 - 9:09am
I find that I have to read non fiction books in short spurts. I always have one I am working on and read 1 chapter in the mornings before I go to work, then take my Nook and read my other novels on my lunch hour.
Peace,
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